Within the past week, the problems that have been occurring at the University of California, San Diego had been a major wake up call to all of us in the APA community. If you guys have not heard or read anything that has happened, at UCSD students affiliated with the university threw a “Compton Cookout” party, as what they said in honor of “Black History Month,” where guys were to dress in FUBU and Jerseys while the women were to be like “ghetto chicks” who “usually have gold teeth, start fights and drama, and wear cheap clothes” according to the Facebook invitation. In this guy’s opinion, the party’s premise was horrible, but not the most pertinent issue of the day. What was the problem was the aftermath that ensued.
As the protests occurred in regards to the party, UCSD’s “satirical” paper The Koala, who also had a TV program on the UCSD SRTV station, refereed to the protesters as “ungrateful n—–s.” And to make matters worse for that, a note was found which said “Compton Lynching.” Now this is heating up and people around Southern California went to show support for the UCSD Black Student Union. Now apparently a noose has been found at Geisel Library.
Now you might be asking what does this have to do with me? Let’s be real now. This is some horrible crap that’s going on. This incident is spiraling out of control. The lack of a representation of Black students at UCSD is an important issue, but to make matters worse dumbasses have been instigating this problem.
As an ally to the other underrepresented communities, I stand in solidarity with the Black students at UCSD. But this is a turning point in race relations. We as the APA community must stand by our brothers and sisters to support them in their time of need. We must empathize with them and make for damn sure that this incident was not in vain and make for the future of UCSD and all Universities safe and tolerant places for our communities.
The only real prison is fear, and the only real freedom is freedom from fear.
–Daw Aung San Suu Kyi